What is the State of our Union?

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What is the State of our Union?

Makenzie Fondren, Writer

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Coming off of the longest government shutdown in American history, the crowd at the President Trump’s address was surprisingly boisterous.

The president has a clear motive to continue his quest for immigration reform with his “smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier” he plans to implement along the border and attempting to unite the currently divided Republicans by addressing the topics of abortion and the fear of socialism being on the rise in the United States.

A surprising shift in the way President Trump typically addresses women’s issues also took place. Rather than equating women to their “sexual desirability” in the form of a number, Trump lauded the women of the federal government. The president acknowledged proudly the fact that 58% of jobs created last year were taken by women. In his seeming change of heart, President Trump also acknowledged the record breaking amount of women into the house and the Senate.

Still, the responses to his speech were overwhelmingly negative. Anton Milej ‘21, said that “At least Obama could talk about things smartly while he was bombing kids in Afghanistan.” An adult in the school was also quoted saying that the speech was, “Total unadulterated verbal flatulence.” Though perhaps Whitney Young is a rather liberal leaning school, I have yet to find someone who has supported the words Trump spoke last night.

Perhaps President Trump is going to use this new year to advance the country and forget threatening federal employees with a looming state of emergency. I would say that we should approach this year with hope. If you want something you have to fight for it, and more importantly you have to VOTE for it.

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